The Big Red…AWESOME…Race


The setting is Lawrenceville, NJ at one of the country’s most prestigious high schools. The mood is positive and despite the cold weather and harsh winds, the crowd was in full throat. It’s the 11th annual Big Red Race, sponsored by the Lawrenceville School. With more than 150 student volunteers on board to assist, the Big Red Race took place this Sunday a.m and certainly did not disappoint.

For this event, the school welcomes the nearby community with open arms to it’s historic campus. They host a 5k as well as kids races organized by students and staff. We caught up with the race coordinators for some of their race day insight. Jeff Durso Finley, who also served as the race’s MC, clearly loves this event. When we chatted with him, he quickly expressed his appreciation for the student volunteers and all the participants. He also took note of the donations of canned food that were raised for a local food bank. Jeff also shared his remarks “the event promotes physical activity in the community and I love that the event is tied to the township’s Jubilee.” Co-coordinator Holly Burkes-Becker echoed similar remarks. She pointed out that the event raises funds to provide some great camp opportunities for inner city youth in the area.

This family-oriented event was enjoyed by runners of all ages. We caught of up with Greg (the dad) and his youngsters Brynn and Brendan. The kids proudly donned their medals, well earned from the kids sprints. “I like running because I like going fast.” said Brendan. His father, a Lawrenceville School staff member, prepared for the 5k as he relayed his thoughts and excitement, “You can’t beat this course and it’s a great event.”

We completely agree. The Big Red Race should be on your race calendar. The course winds it’s way through the campus and hundreds are on-hand to cheer the runners on. This was a superbly organized event and we encourage all our readers to sign up for next year’s Big Red Race.



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